MATT THOMAS Southeastern
January 5, 2014
MONTICELLO, Ark. - A tough afternoon shooting and an even tougher night with the whistles left Southeastern on the wrong end of a 65-57 score against Arkansas-Monticello on Saturday afternoon in Monticello, Ark.
The loss is the fifth-straight for the Storm who slip to 4-5 overall on the season and 2-2 in Great American Conference play.
SE shot 34.4 percent in the game, but still held UAM to just 38.1 percent in the contest.
The real difference came at the free throw line where the Storm did capitalize on its 16 free throws by making 12, but that paled in comparison to the 45 freebies the Boll Weevils were given, making 28 of them.
Those free shots came at the misfortune of a pair of SE players who fouled out of the contest, with five others in foul trouble when the game ended. The foul differential when the dust settled was 32 on the Storm to just 14 for UAM.
Despite fouling out with 5:59 to play Urald King led the scoring for SE with a game-high 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting.
Daichi Tanuguchi and Anton Cook each added nine points in the game, while Darius Harris chipped in eight.
Harris led all players on the board before he too took an early seat due to fouls, pulling down 10 rebounds as the Storm held a 40-to-37 edge on the glass.
Southeastern held an advantage in every analysis stat category, leading UAM 10-9 in points off turnovers, 12-9 in second-chance points, 22-16 in points in the paint and 8-2 on the fast break.
The teams traded buckets out of the gate and neither team could pull ahead by more than two possessions, fighting to four ties over the first half, the last coming at 28-28 with 4:19 to play.
UAM, however, would outscore SE 9-2 over the final four minutes, including a half-ending three point play that put the Storm in a 37-30 hole at halftime.
In the second half SE twice got within two points early on before finally taking is first lead of the half on a pair of Cook free throws with 10:52 to play at 47-46.
A John Balwigaire fast break bucket on the next possession would push the lead out to three points and the Storm would maintain its lead until UAM got a Jared Harrison three with 8:00 to play to regain a 51-50 lead.
The Storm would tie the game on a Harris layup at 52-52 with 6:19 to play but the Weevils would answer with the next four points and eventually pull away on free throws in the final minutes to hand SE a 65-57 loss.